May 23, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – H5N1 avian influenza has continued to flare up in poultry on two continents this week, with Vietnam, Ghana, and Pakistan all confirming new outbreaks in the past 2 days.In Vietnam over the weekend, more than 2,000 ducks died, and another 6,000 were culled in various areas affected by outbreaks of H5N1, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported yesterday. The ducks had not been vaccinated.Five provinces have been affected since the beginning of this month, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. They are Quang Ninh, Son La, and Nam Dinh in the north, Nghe An in the central region, and Dong Thap in the south.UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Andrew Speedy told AFP that rather than trying to wipe out the virus, which is believed to be widespread in Vietnam’s bird population, efforts will focus on vaccination campaigns, which have proved highly effective.”We are now convinced that it’s pretty much endemic and that the vaccinations will be required for the foreseeable future, although there will be an attempt to find an exit strategy at some point,” Speedy said.The Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Animal Health said 119 million birds in 60 cities and provinces nationwide have been vaccinated this year, Xinhua reported.This year’s second round of nationwide vaccinations is now starting, AFP reported.Ghana reported its second outbreak of the virus on a farm in Sunyani, about 250 miles north of the capital, Accra, according to a Reuters report published yesterday. Gary Quarcoo, the agriculture ministry’s head of veterinary services, said veterinary officials have culled thousands of birds in the area and destroyed animal feed and farm equipment.Ghana’s first outbreak H5N1 was detected on a farm near the port city of Tema in April.In Pakistan, officials said today that more than 5,000 chickens were culled after an outbreak that killed about 6,000 chickens was confirmed on three farms near Islamabad, according to another AFP report. The country’s last outbreaks occurred in April in the northwest and in the southern city of Karachi, the story said.
Home Prices Continue Upward Trend January 4, 2016 488 Views Share Black Knight Financial Services Home Prices October 2015 2016-01-04 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News If you thought home prices would shift directions and head downward as the winter season moves in full swing, think again.Black Knight Financial Services’ Data and Analytics division released its October 2015 Home Price Index (HPI) report Monday, finding that U.S. home prices rose marginally by 0.2 percent.However, despite the small month-over-month increase, home prices are up 5.5 percent year-over-year.The HPI reached $254,000 in October and is now just 5.3 percent off its June 2006 peak of $268,000. In addition, the HPI is up over 26.9 percent from the market’s bottom in January 2012.Leading the gains among the states for the fourth consecutive month in October 2015 is New York with a 1.1 percent month-over-month home price increase. Wrapping up the top five states with the largest monthly HPI changes are Nevada (0.8 percent); Utah (0.8 percent); South Carolina (0.7 percent); and New Jersey (0.7 percent).In October, Black Knight reported that Connecticut once again saw the most negative movement, as home prices declined 0.6 percent month-over-month. Minnesota (-0.5 percent); Ohio (-0.3 percent); California (-0.2 percent); and Missouri (-0.2 percent) followed with negative home price appreciation.New York City, New York and Reno, Nevada led the metros with the largest home prices gains, with prices increasing 1.2 percent in October, according to the report. Sebastian, Florida (1.0 percent); Cape Coral, Florida (1.0 percent); and Carson City, Nevada (1.0 percent) wrapped up the top five metros with the largest home price appreciation.On the other hand, Bakersfield, California (-0.9 percent); Bridgeport, Connecticut (-0.8 percent); Norwich, Connecticut (-0.7 percent); Atlantic City, New Jersey (-0.6 percent); and Cleveland, Ohio (-0.6 percent) held the top five positions of metros with the largest home price declines.The data also showed that all five California metro areas were among the nation’s 40 largest saw home prices fall in October, as the state did as a whole.The data showed that New York, Tennessee, and Texas all hit new home price peaks again in October at $356,000, $178,000, and $216,000, respectively.Seven of the nation’s 40 largest metros reached new peaks in October including Austin, Texas ($286,000); Dallas, Texas ($220,000); Denver, Colorado ($328,000); Houston, Texas ($220,000); Nashville, Tennessee ($220,000); Portland, Oregon ($322,000); and San Antonio, Texas ($196,000).Click here to view the full report.